Girls High School

The Wisconsin High School Girls League is advancing quickly towards its state championship. And two familiar squads are leading their divisions as both Catholic Memorial and Divine Savior Holy Angels top the standings. More impressive, both teams are undefeated in their respective divisions with 4-0 records.

Visit the Wisconsin HS Girls League website for the latest match recaps and scores here from Week 4.

Here are the latest standings in the League:

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Be sure to check out the latest update from Goff Rugby Report as well. Writer Jackie Finlan checked in with both Catholic Memorial coach John Waliszewski and DSHA Coach John Klein on how their teams are playing this season. The upcoming state final is sure to be another great one to watch!

And don't forget! You can help support the State Championship with a sponsorship or advertisement.


UW-La Crosse vs. UW-Whitewater

UW-La Crosse jumps for ball in a lineout against UW-Whitewater in a recent match.

The WIIL Conference, our union's Collegiate Division 2 men's league with teams from across the region, is well represented in the latest national rankings.

In the fourth iteration of the Goff Rugby Report D2 rankings for this year, the WIIL Conference holds six slots in the 45-team list.

Last year's national finalist UW-Whitewater holds steady at #2, but UW-La Crosse maintained its #4 spot after the two teams clashed recently. Whitewater earned a 36-15 win against La Crosse and the tight match confirmed the top-five spots for both teams were worthwhile.

Fellow WIIL members Lindenwood-Belleville and Northern Iowa held steady at #11 and #12, respectively.

A further bright spot in WIIL, UW-Milwaukee jumped up two spots from #25 to #23 after defeating UW-Platteville 56-14.

The sixth WIIL team in the standings, Illinois State only dropped one spot from #23 to #24.

See the full rankings here.

You can also LIKE the WIIL Conference on Facebook for scores from this weekend and additional updates.

DSHA and CM scrum

A close contest in the 2014 State final saw Divine Savior Holy Angels (white) edge Catholic Memorial (blue) 15-10 for championship honors. (Photo via Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby League)

Wisconsin's high school girls league is notably one of the strongest in the nation and the state tournament is quickly approaching.

Held Sunday, October 25 at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, the Wisconsin Girls High School League State Tournament is welcoming sponsorships to support the growth of girls rugby in our community.

The tournament will feature five matches throughout the day. Both the third-place match and the state final will be played under the lights of the main stadium.

There are several ways to support the event, including advertisements in the tournament program and a recruiting table at the event.

Here is the full sponsorship flier:

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Rugby and American FootballHigh school boys rugby coaches can add this USA Rugby article to their toolbox of information when talking to football coaches.

Representatives from USA Rugby and USA Football recently met to share information on tackling and safety.

According to the USA Rugby article:

"Members of USA Football and USA Rugby met earlier this week at St. Vincent Sports Performance in surburan Indianapolis to share how the groups teach this all-player skill and see where the two national governing bodies can help one another train their coaches and players on the best ways to play and enjoy the two games.

It was the first face-to-face conversation in what is expected to be a continuing partnership benefitting both sports."

Our rugby community is now seeing more nationally-recognized football programs adapt tackling skills more similar to rugby - like the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NCAA and Big Ten's Ohio State University and Northwestern University. Articles like this from USA Rugby can be a great example for to open up better communication with football coaches in your community, in addition to discussions on safety with parents and school administrators about the safety practices of our sport.

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Tyler Crass, UW-MadisonThe University of Wisconsin-Madison men's rugby team continues to climb the national rankings this week in the D1A Canterbury poll.

The Badgers top-side climbed from #17 to #15 nationally after earning a dominating 87-0 victory against Iowa. The Badgers' second side also earned a 32-5 win against the Hawkeyes.

Visit the Badgers' website for detailed coaches reports on the team:

Goff Rugby Report was not as friendly to the Badgers, dropping them from #16 to #18 in the most recent rankings.

Across the Big Ten, Indiana and Michigan continue to also turn in strong performances. You can check out brief recaps of last weekend's other Big Ten Rugby matches here

Next up for Wisconsin, they'll host long-time rival Minnesota in a Big Ten league match this Saturday in Madison and the second side welcomes UW-Eau Claire in a Division 3 league match in the WISCARFU conference of NSCRO.

Photo: UW-Madison Flyhalf Tyler Crass (via Facebook).